Huddleston, Va. — Bass pro Jared Lintner got off to a better start Thursday than in his two previous visits to Smith Mountain Lake.
But, he still lags behind the leaders in the Bassmaster Elite competition by more than seven pounds heading into day two Friday.
The Arroyo Grande angler was in 34th place after beginning the third event on the Elite schedule with a 14-pound, 14-ounce limit. In 2007 when he cashed a 34th-place check, he opened with an 11-11 bag good for a six-way tie for 40th. Last year, when a 68th-place finish meant no check, he opened with an 11-6 limit for 65th place.
To qualify for a payday this season, he will need to be among the top 47 anglers in the 93-man field after Friday’s fishing. Those that do will compete Saturday and jockey for higher placings.
South Carolinian Jason Williamson leads with a 22-9 limit with Floridian Bobby Lane second at 21-7.